|Father Lemmens was born in Luttich on December 17, 1923. Miner-family Lemmens came to live in Heppen a few years later. After his ordination in 1948, he studied Chinese and medicine. He specialised in tropical deseases and went to the island Sulawezi in 1948, where he died of a heart-attack in 1974.More info can be found in ‘Monuments‘.|
|Leo Jansen was born in Oostham in 1809. In 1834 he became priest and came to Heppen in 1838 as dean. A year later Heppen became because of his help an independent parish. He died in 1882 in his native town Oostham.|
|Father Asteer was born on July 20 1914 in Weelde as Gust SELS. He died at Leopoldsburg on November 25 1999. He build the church of Strooiendorp and would be a priest there for 46 years. You can find out more about father Asteer via this link.|
|Priester Edward Poppe (1890 – 1924) was since 1922 de spiritual leader of the ‘Centre d’Instruction pour Brancardiers Infirmiers’ (Instruction Centre for Nurses) (C.I.B.I.). The C.I.B.I. was set up in Leopoldsburg so clergymen, who since 1921 had to fulfill military service, could follow the course of nurse. In 1924 he founded the Convent of ‘Karmel’.|
Priest Poppe was beatified on Oktober 3, 1999 .
You can find more about Priest Poppe on an other website: click here
|Ramskapelle (Nieuwpoort) is a polder village near the Ijzer (river). On october 15 Germans broke through the Belgian lines and occupied Ramskapelle. The 6 Linieregiment, supported by the French 16 Bataillon de Chasseurs à Pied, reconquered Ramskapelle op octover 30-31 1914. This deed allowed the Belgians to execute their strategy, the flooding of the plain of the Ijzerl. It gave the 6 Linieregiment the honourable mention on their flag, and Leopoldsburg a street name.|
|Romain Defeuter was born in Gent on September 18, 1901. With Marie-Louise Van Gaever he ran a pub, called ‘de floralie’ in the Koningstraat (Kingstreet). He was a member of the voluntary fire-department and later he became deputy officer of the police of Leopoldsburg.|
During the war he united with the resistance movement ‘Bayard’. He was arrested by the Gestapo and shot in Antwerp on June 1944.
At the side-façade of the town hall a bronze memorial plaque was put to honour this brave fireman and policeman.
|Pieter Paul Rubens, born in Siegen, Nassau on June 28 1577 and deceased in Antwerp on May 30 1640. Rubens was a painter, drawer and diplomat, son of the lawyer and councillor Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelinckx.|